Costs work is for the costs experts

The role of the Costs Lawyer features in the recent report – Reforming legal services: Regulation beyond the echo chambers – from Professor Stephen Mayson. This wide ranging report covers all aspects of the regulation of legal services. In the report he highlights the specialist nature of legal costs work which is often carried out…

Another reminder to serve budgets on time!

A recent judgment reminds us – if reminder was needed – of the critical importance of filing a costs budget on time and to comply with directions. Heathfield International LLC v Axiom Stone London Ltd & Medicall Ltd [2020] EWHC 1075 (Ch) – Link The case involved an action against solicitors for unpaid medical fees…

Costs reduction where claim exaggerated – but not dishonest

In the recent case of Morrow v Shrewsbury RUFC Ltd an interesting question arose where a claimant received an award for future loss of earning that was far less than he had claimed. The claim was for just over £1m and the award was just over £285k. Morrow v Shrewsbury RLFC It was found that…

Refusal to engage in ADR can be very expensive

A recent judgment emphasises the need for realistic consideration of ADR in litigation – DSN v Blackpool Football Club Ltd – https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2020/670.html The case involved allegations of sexual abuse. The football club robustly defended the case. At the trial on 13th March 2020, the Claimant succeeded. The Defendants were vicariously liable and ordered to pay…

Interim Costs – where you win some and lose some

It has become clear in recent years that orders for interim costs are vital in long running and high costs cases. Effective cash flow management has become even more important during the current coronavirus outbreak which have placed an additional strain on the income of solicitors. The entitlement to interim costs has been the subject…